Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

Party time gives the gift of camp to kids

RUSH,  N.Y. — On a recent Saturday, Madison McIntee was at her family’s motor vehicle repair shop, saying hello, thanking and hosting more than 100 people from the Honeoye Falls community and beyond as they dined on grilled chicken under a big tent,…

An exchange student reunion, 30 years later

5.26.18 NUENHEERSE, GERMANY — Today I went to the small town of Neuenheerse to meet my host mother, Doris Dressel, and two sisters, Melanie and Tamara. 30 years ago, sometime in August, I packed a year's worth of clothes in 2 bags and said farewe…

I was there when the wall was up ... and down

5.22.18 BERLIN, GERMANY — This is a self-portrait at the Berliner Dom at night, with Alexander Platz (tower thing) in the back. Camera set on my backpack - no tripod. I was here when it was the DDR in 1988 - I was very young and what i remember w…

Lens to world: Encore

This week, in 2014, I realized a dream I had first imagined camping out on my parents' porch as kid. I looked at a book about the Amazon and pictured myself in a dugout canoe, the trees towering over me, dwarfing me under mother nature. I spent ten…

Africa's masterpiece

The lions, zebras, cheetahs... everything was amazing on the Masai conservancies. This was one of my favorite sights, above all. These trees and the nests in them. The so blue sky, the fake-looking clouds, as if the Universe set down it's paint br…

Everyday people: A freedom fighter

"I gave my youth to fight in the revolution with Sandinistas. I saw the awful things what Somoza's National Guard did to people ... They shot people and left them in the street. Sometimes they lit the bodies on fire. If you were out after 5, it's…

Riding the history train

There used to be a train that ran through El Sauce, Nicaragua. During the civil war, it stopped running and after a time people took up the track to sell for money. The train was sold to Japan. Now, the former track is a dirt trail that runs from…

Lights out

Electric has been out all day in El Sauce. Dinner by candlelight.…